The Introvert’s Chair

Furniture Design

nmbello Studio 


Venice Design 2018, 16th Venice Architectural Biennale, 2018, Palazzo Michiele, Venice, Italy. 

Year: 2018

Status: In production

The design is focused on tackling the problem of creating privacy in public places.
The design toys with the idea that an object can maintain a duality of expression within a space, as the experience behind and within the chair are diametrically opposed. From behind, the chair's throne-like height suggests haughtiness, dynamism and daring, whereas the experience within the chair's high walls is one of humility, isolation and calm. The design mirrors the reality of an introverted person whose distant personality is often mistaken for arrogance.

Designed and manufactured in Lagos, Nigeria, the chair explores the use of traditional techniques to solve modern-day problems. The form and aesthetic present a contemporary steel form balanced and enhanced by the gentle textures of the traditional raffia weave.

Taking into account users who may suffer from Anxiety and Claustrophobia, various weaving techniques were explored to allow light pass through the chair at the same-time allow users feel less enclosed while sat in the chair.

The Introvert's Chair will be showing at the Venice Design 2018 Show